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Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.
v. ban·tered, ban·ter·ing, ban·ters
To engage in banter: bantered with her colleagues during a coffee break.
To speak to in a playful or teasing way: "She laughed and bantered him a little, remembering too late that she should have been dignified and reserved" (Kate Chopin).
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